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Sivak sentenced 15-30 in prison for shooting roommate


Jefferson County, PA – A Jefferson County man has been sentenced for shooting and killing his roommate in May 2020.

65-year-old William Sivak Jr. pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and was sentenced Wednesday morning to 15 to 30 years in state prison.

Sivak shot and killed his roommate, 60-year-old Amos Smail, after getting into an argument with him on May 10, 2020.

A third-degree murder charge means the courts found that, while Sivak showed a disregard for human life, he did not plan on killing his roommate and it was a heat-of-the-moment shooting.